The bougainvillea bonsai is one of the favorites in the bonsai world, the right care an attention is required in order to produce a healthy and beautiful shrub. By understanding the climate preferences of the plant and amounts of water and fertilizer it requires, you can produce a magnificent specimen with peculiarly old looking gnarled stem.
The bougainvillea bonsai is an evergreen and can be planted outside. Originally the shrub was discovered in Brazil making it a tropical plant, thus the plant cannot survive temperatures below ten degrees Celsius. Also you must take into consideration that this particular shrub likes to climb walls and so forth like other vines. Thus even your bonsai will begin to scale anything that it can get its vine on. Take this into consideration when planting your bougainvillea, as it will definitely begin to expand itself.
The bougainvillea bonsai has a particularly old looking stem, even though it may not be as old as it looks. The stem many times begins to bend naturally, and begins to gnarl at some points. This gives the illusion of age to a younger plant, and also makes wiring not necessary. The bougainvillea can reach up to four meters tall but in the case of bonsai considerably smaller, reaching one meter or so. Nonetheless its rapid growth and its illusion of age make this bonsai unique and colorfully desired.
Caring for the Bourgainvillea Bonsai
When caring for the bougainvillea bonsai one must understand that this plant prefers to live on the dryer side of life. Too much water could result into the death of the bonsai or maybe could prevent flowering and so forth. It is best to water this plant ever few days, and to always take a look at the humidity in the soil. The bougainvilleaís fertilizing habits are a bit more extensive as you may need to fertilize the shrub ever ten to fourteen days, as the growth is really fast the plant requires more nutrients to grow.
When planting the bougainvillea bonsai you must dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball, but just as deep. Then you need to cover the hole with soil and begin watering. Remember that these plants have incredibly sensitive roots and must be dealt with very delicately. Later on when you need to prune, be sure to know what you are doing as to not harm the plant in anyway.
The bougainvillea bonsai can be pruned year long, although it is recommended that you get a schedule for yourself. If the plant is left not pruned for an elongated period of time then it may become bushy and in some cases very thorny. Keep yourself on a schedule of pruning once a month or every month and a half, depending on your bougainvillea growth progress.
The mighty bougainvillea bonsai is a beautiful specimen, with its papery leaves and the vibrant colors; the final product of all the patience and hard work will delight a grower. These bonsais will flourish into a uniquely beautiful plant with the right amount of care and attention from you the grower. The bougainvillea is one of the finest specimens you will ever own.